Public Long-term care programs, including medicaid funded programs, are increasingly being administered by for profit corporate health firms and funded through financial companies, especially private equity. This article should alert everyone to the need for far greater accountability in these programs in order to prevent the pursuit of profit from overwhelming the obligation to provide safe and effective care to very vulnerable populations of impaired persons.
To the state inspectors visiting the HCR ManorCare nursing home here last year, the signs of neglect were conspicuous. A disabled man who had long, dirty fingernails told them he was tended to “once in a blue moon.” The bedside “call buttons” were so poorly staffed that some residents regularly soiled themselves while waiting for help to the bathroom. A woman dying of uterine cancer was left on a bedpan for so long that she bruised.
The lack of care had devastating consequences. One man had been dosed with so many opioids that he had to be rushed to a hospital, according to the inspection reports. During an undersupervised bus trip to church — one staff member was escorting six patients who could not walk without help — a resident flipped backward on a wheelchair ramp and suffered a brain hemorrhage.
– The Washington Post